Stay Awake Monday//Immutable God//Brooke

I can’t stop thinking about the fact that God is 100% unchanging in His character. I feel like my life is one big change right now in so many different areas. Nothing seems to be staying the same in my life or in those dear to me.

But God.  He is who He says He is. again and again. over and over.

l a s t i n g.

God is the one thing in our ever changing lives that holds. that sticks.

“The Lord is immutable–it is impossible for His character or being to undergo any mutation.  His power can not be augmented or diminished.  He never learns or forgets, and He can not be anything other than perfectly holy.  Human beings can change in a multitude of ways, but our Father remains ever the same.”  —RC Sproul

Our health changes.
Our friends change.
Our majors change.
Our feelings constantly change.
Our families change.
Our status changes.
Our finances change.
Our moods change.
Our interests change.

Our changing scenarios here on earth bring joy-aches-questions-answers-loss-hope-pain.

And even though we don’t know what change the day/month/year may hold I have found that the consistency in the character of God has brought much stability to my life.

He is faithful. always will be.
He is true. always will be.
He is peace. always will be.
He is love. always will be.
He is just. always will be.
He is grace. always will be.
and on and on and on and on it goes.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today & f o r e v e r.” Hebrews 13:8

Rest in His consistency & share this Good God with others.

//Please listen to this song.  I got introduced to it today and it put words to the things going on in my heart and mind.  [It’s a song called You never change by Austin Stone worship.  It’s off their brand new album This Glorious Grace]//

Also, if you are going through a season of change I recommend this book–Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong.  The tagline says, “Truths to Carry you Through Life’s Transitions”–super helpful book that points you straight to Scripture.

Stay Awake.

Stay Awake Monday//Thank You for Sowing//Brooke

Around mid-April I got supper giddy and began to dream about having a vegetable garden this summer. Just a little one, nothing fancy–one tomato plant, one cucumber plant and one bell pepper plant.  I spent one morning in April digging around and creating a bed for these new plants.  I bought good, rich soil and tucked these plants into it.  And that was about it.

And then yesterday. I saw something. a little bell pepper. and a little tiny cucumber.  It worked. I could not believe it.  

All this got me thinking about the things, the seeds that you have been sowing.  The things you are trusting God for.  Don’t give up.
Part of me wonders if one of the reasons God gave us seeds and plants was to remind us. everywhere. all the time (we can’t get away from plants!) that what we plant in faith will produce.  
Keep up the good, good, work of “sowing to the Spirit” as Galatians 6:8 says.  The daily, moment by moment sowing that may seem insignificant is producing a HARVEST (Galatians 6). 
The daily:
Choosing kindness towards your parents.
Choosing joy in a weary season.
Walking/running away from those tempting situations.
Praying over and over again for that friend of yours. 
Renewing your mind with Scripture. 
Choosing love over judgement.
Caring for your neighbor.
Sharing the Gospel.
Honoring others with your speech.
Putting others needs before yours.
Choosing faithfulness to your spouse.
Listening for and obeying God’s promptings.

And let us not lose heart & grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage. Galatians 6:9 AMP

Thank you for sowing. You are making a world of difference. You will see.

Stay Awake.

Stay Awake Monday//Take 30//Brooke

Can you getaway for 30 minutes this week?

Just to slow down/refocus/be still/cast your cares/worship.

It’s so important.

“I found my life when I laid it down…” is a line in Hillsong United’s new song “Touch the Sky”

And I think that line is so true–when we lay down our time and turn to God we remember [again] who He is, who We are, why we are here, and that God is near. [ha, it’s rhymes!]

I know life is mega packed and school work is out of control right now.  But just take 30.  Print off the sheet pictured above created by Jennie Allen. Go find a quiet spot.  You will not ever regret those minutes.

love God.
love everyone in front of you.
stay awake.